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Today's Opinions

  • Deforestation a sordid boon

    I just lost much of the remaining respect I still had for the state Division of Forestry with their intent to sell nearly 2,000 old-growth trees in Brown County. We lost a chance to preserve for future generations a reminder of how the landscape looked in the 1700s. A sordid boon. The sale price is only a drop in the bucket of state forest management. It is yet another example of an authentic and unspoiled place losing its distinctive cultural and environmental character in the name of homogenization and short-term profit.

  • We all need change

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    Editor’s Note: This column first appeared in January 2003 and seemed appropriate to republish with recent news.

     

    If rain could wash away sins, most umbrellas would go unused. A cold drizzle fell on a middle-aged man’s head as he trotted into a brightly-lit church one Sunday evening in upstate New York. I was on a short vacation and had ventured off the throughway looking for supper and a hotel.

  • Smartphones down, please

    Mark Bennett

    Terre Haute Tribune-Star

     

    Most of us are guilty. We have relinquished the responsibility of using our flesh-and blood memory to the digital memory inside our smartphones. Videoing beats remembering. A replay of life inside a mind generates no likes or retweets, and can’t go viral, or entertain us or our friends or people we kind of know on our social media list. A device built in China or Hungary retains special moments better than human gray matter, right?

  • Holiday greenery has some forgotten symbolism

    Jeneen Wiche

    Weekend Gardener

     

    Holiday greenery has a history that goes well beyond the Victorian Christmas tree we gather around today.

    Most of the holiday greenery we use to decorate dates back to the pagan holidays of the Romans and northern Europeans when certain plants were chosen for their symbolic powers of restoration and protection.

  • The return of deer-hunting season

    State Sen. Erin Houchin

    Guest Columnist

     

    Saturday, Nov. 18, marks the beginning of deer-hunting season for licensed firearms hunters in Indiana.

  • Help others enjoy the holidays

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    With the approach of Thanksgiving, many of us are preparing to give thanks for what we have and to the chagrin of many, the Christmas season is already in full swing. From now until the New Year, most of us will all celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

    Presents will be exchanged and many meals will be served to show our appreciation. But not everyone is fortunate enough to have as much as others.

  • The challenge of tax reform

    As Congress moves through what at times can be termed the messy process of deliberations, tax overhaul looms large. Republicans are anxious for a major accomplishment before the year’s end, no doubt concerned they will be one of the few legislative sessions controlled by one party that failed to accomplish anything.

    They have an uphill battle. With a president that fails to articulate and promote a consistent agenda, and both political parties fractured by extremists on both ends, meaningful deliberation seems impossible.

  • Thanks for making fall fest wonderful